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The Sun Has Set on Barrow, Alaska for the Final Time . . . Ever

19 Nov 2016, 5:01 am

In Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in America, the sun has set for the final time. On Friday, November 18th at 1:31PM the sun descended past the horizon and it won’t rise above the horizon until 1:17PM on January 22nd, 2017. A two month long polar night.

When the sun finally does rise, Barrow, AK will be no more. In October of 2016 residents voted to change the name of their town to the traditional Inupiat Eskimo name, Utqiaġvik. The name will take effect on December 1, 2016.

Due to the Earth’s tilt and it being wintertime, the northern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun and since Barrow, orUtqiaġvik, sits so far north, the sun will only spawn off a measly few hours of dusk light onto the city until January.

How do you pronounce Utqiaġvik, the new name for Barrow? Check it Out:

 

Utqiaġvik

How do you pronounce Utqiaġvik, the new name for Barrow? We got a lesson from Jana and Qaiyaan Haracharek (Mother and Son). Both are with the North Slope Borough School District and attended the Inuit Education Conference in Anchorage this week.Their lesson Sunday, November 13 at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Posted by Frontiers w/ Rhonda McBride on Friday, 11 November 2016

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Andy Stein

9 responses to “The Sun Has Set on Barrow, Alaska for the Final Time . . . Ever

  1. Good article Andy! I was stationed at the WSO there in 2001-2002. It is important to discuss the idea of nautical twilight in either side if midday to dispell the idea that it is completely dark during those two months.

      1. “Checking out the video” is fine and dandy for most people but it would be ever so nice of you to provide the written key for the deaf and very hard of hearing.

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